Recently Pantone announced the forecast colour of the year and I have to admit I am really digging it.
12.07.2014 | Posted by Rascallion at 12/07/2014 |
There is some construction going on across the street at the Alexis Nihon mall. I took the opportunity to take some pics of the stairs that are being put in replacing the old stairs on the second floor. It's interesting to see what my teacher has been talking about firsthand.
One of my on-going classes in my Interior Design program is Construction Documents which is a great class full of interesting information.
The British Columbia Institute of Technology has taken many initiatives to become a more sustainable place of higher education. They have made use of technology to enhance their campuses to provide a smaller footprint on many levels.
From the "smart technology" that makes the downtown campus one of the most energy efficient buildings in downtown Vancouver to the green roof at the Burnaby campus there have been many examples of sustainability in action.
From the site describing the downtown campus:
"High-tech walls of aluminum, high-performance glass, and glass shading fins let light penetrate the building to create bright interior spaces. In each room, wall “light shelves” can adjust the natural light, reducing electrical lighting loads and costs.
The building’s “envelope” balances solar heat gain and natural daylighting. The glazing is high- performance , low-E, and clear to maximize daylight in winter. Cooling requirements are reduced using photocell-dimmed lighting, which reduces the light level and heat gain according to the daylight available.
The space is heated, cooled, and ventilated by a variable-air-volume system with variable speed drives and 100% outdoor air free cooling. Individual zone-control, variable-air-volume boxes link to each room’s lighting occupancy sensors through the computerized building management system."
There seems to be some serious domotics at work in the building which is interesting to see on such a large scale project. According to the site, one of the goals of the college is to become a "net energy producer" and it seems to be well on its way to achieving this milestone.
The building was completed in 1997 and designed by Architectura.ca (which now seems to be part of Stantec.) Much information about the architecture can be found here on a University of Waterloo case study about the building. (Image Credit Terri Meyer Boake B.E.S. B.Arch. M.Arch.)
Other key phrases:
Passive solar gain, renewable energy technologies, on-site co-generation of heat and power, distributed and networked systems, energy cascading and waste heat exchange, matching supply quality to need and other energy conservation measures, regular measurement, reduction of consumption, waste and emissions.
4.08.2012 | Posted by Rascallion at 4/08/2012 |
multi-use space, the wintergarden
links the main house to the indoor
pool, bowling alley and garage, and
features a toroidal roof and undulating
PROJECT DETAILSProject Title: Wintergarden on Private House, Gloucestershire
Scope of Works: 46m x 22m (max) toroidal glazed roof and façade to
wintergarden including four sets of doors, integral canopy
extension to kitchen area, integrated electronic façade
blinds and automatic roof vents
Roof Glazing - 498m² triple glazed units comprising:
10mm clear heat soak treated tempered float glass outer
pane, 16mm air filled outer cavity, 8mm clear heat soak
tested tempered float glass middle pane, 16mm krypton
gas filled inner cavity, 8mm clear heat strengthened float
glass + 1.52mm clear pvb interlayer + 8mm clear heat
strengthened float glass inner laminated pane.
Façade Glazing – 190m² triple glazed units comprising:
10mm clear heat soak tested tempered float glass outer
pane, 32mm air filled outer cavity including silver DLS
Ecklite louver electric blind, 6mm clear heat soak tested
tempered float glass middle pane, 10mm krypton gas
filled inner cavity, 8mm clear float glass inner pane.
Frit pattern to selected panels & areas.
Insulated aluminium panels and flashings.
453 members, total 995m, approx 23tonnes:
All columns 150x100x10 RHS
All roof and transom members 150x100x6 RHS
All hollow sections grade S355 J2H, all other sections and
fittings grade S275.
Contract Value: Confidential upon client’s request
Year of Completion: 2006
Contract Duration: 11 months
Client: Confidential upon client’s request
Architect: Roberts and Gardner